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Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship
Topics: Middle schools Fiction, Friendship Fiction, Schools Fiction, Diaries Fiction, Humorous stories,...
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by Mo Willems
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favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Pigeons -- Juvenile fiction, Bus drivers -- Juvenile fiction
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by Jeff Kinney
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favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Middle schools -- Juvenile fiction., Schools -- Juvenile fiction., Families -- Juvenile fiction.,...
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by Kate DiCamillo
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Topics: Dogs -- Fiction., City and town life -- Florida -- Fiction., Florida -- Fiction.
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by Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963
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First published in 1932
favorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Passivity (Psychology), Genetic engineering, Totalitarianism, Collectivism
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by Fleischman, Sid, 1920-; Von Schmidt, Eric, ill
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"Republished in 1988."
Topics: Gold mines and mining, Orphans, Humorous stories
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by Jeff Kinney
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Topics: Summer -- Fiction, Diaries -- Fiction, Humorous stories
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by Hopkins, Ellen
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Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life
Topics: Cocaine abuse, Drug abuse, High schools, Schools, Family problems, Pregnancy, Drug abuse,...
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by Margi Preus
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by Collins, Suzanne
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By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion
Topics: Reading Level-Grade 8, Reading Level-Grade 9, Reading Level-Grade 10, Reading Level-Grade 11,...
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by Alvarez, Julia
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Pura Belpré Award, 2004
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Reading Level-Grade 9, Reading Level-Grade 10, Reading Level-Grade 11, Reading Level-Grade 12
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by Fleischman, Sid, 1920-; Von Schmidt, Eric, ill
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"Republished in 1988."
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Topics: Gold mines and mining, Orphans, Humorous stories
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by Roald Dahl
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Topic: Fairy tales
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by Tracy Barrett
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Topics: Cultural Literacy and Humanities, Reading Level-Grade 6, Reading Level-Grade 7, Reading Level-Grade...
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"Wimpy kid" Greg Heffley provides instructions for other kids to create their own journals
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topics: Diaries, Diaries, Middle schools, Best friends, Schools, Popularity, Humorous fiction, American
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by Biet, Christian, 1952-
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Dépouillement partiel: Charlie et la chocolaterie : supplément / réalisé par Christian Biet ... [et al.]
Topic: Chocolat
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by George Selden
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favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Crickets -- Juvenile fiction, Cats -- Juvenile fiction, Mice -- Juvenile fiction, Times Square (New...
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by Barrett, Judi; Barrett, Ron
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Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow, where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse
Topics: Weather, Food, Weather, Food
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by Waber, Bernard
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A little boy is excited at the prospect of spending the night at his friend's house but worries how he'll get along without his teddy bear
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by Shel Silverstein
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Topics: Children's poetry, American, Humorous poetry, American poetry
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by Annie Barrows
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favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Friendship -- Fiction, Neighbors -- Fiction
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by Christopher Paul Curtis
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favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Runaway children -- Juvenile fiction, African Americans -- Juvenile fiction, Depressions -- 1929 --...
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by Van Allsburg, Chris
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Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game
Topics: Play, Games
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by Whelan, Gloria
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From the Publisher: Gloria Whelan's National Book Award-winning novel chronicles the breathtaking story of a remarkable young woman who dares to defy fate. Like many girls her age in India, thirteen-year-old Koly faces her arranged marriage with hope and courage. But Koly's story takes a terrible turn when in the wake of the ceremony, she discovers she's been horribly misled; her life has been sold for a dowry. In prose both graceful and unflinching, this powerful novel relays the story of a...
Topics: Courage, Young women, Arranged marriage
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by Baylor, Byrd; Parnall, Peter, ill
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Reprint. Originally published: New York : Atheneum, c1974
Topics: Rocks, Rocks
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by Brown, Margaret Wise, 1910-1952; Bond, Felicia
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Cover title
Topics: Barns, Farm life, Domestic animals, Animal sounds, Stories in rhyme
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by Spinelli, Jerry
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Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family
Topics: Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction, Friendship -- Juvenile fiction, Family life -- Juvenile fiction
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by Stephen King
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[This book] has been recognized as a milestone of the American theater. In the person of Willy Loman, the aging, failing salesman who makes his living riding on a smile and shoeshine, [the author] redefined the tragic hero as a man whose dreams are at once insupportably vast and dangerously insubstantial. He has given us a figure whose name has become a symbol for a kind of majestic grandiosity - and a play that compresses epic extremes of humor and anguish, promise and loss, between the four...
Topics: Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005, Sales personnel, Fathers and sons
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by Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910
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xxvii, 803 p. ; 21 cm
Topics: Married women -- Fiction, Adultery -- Fiction, Russia -- Social life and customs -- 1533-1917 --...
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by Faith McNulty
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Topics: Space flight to the moon -- Juvenile literature, Voyages, Imaginary -- Juvenile literature, Moon --...
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by Hesse, Karen
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In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family's flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others immigrate to America
Topics: Emigration and immigration, Jews, Letters
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by Harris, Trudy, 1949-; Johnson, Beth Griffis, illustrator
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A series of rhymes illustrates different ways to count to 100 such as by adding the ten toes of ten children or ninety-nine train cars plus one caboose
Topics: Addition, Counting
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by Jerry Stanley
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Topics: Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Juvenile literature., World War,...
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by Julius Lester
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Topics: John Henry (Legendary character) -- Legends, John Henry (Legendary character), African Americans --...
Bound in green cloth; stamped in gold and black; top edges gilt
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by Lucy Grealy
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Topics: Grealy, Lucy, Ewing's sarcoma -- Patients -- United States -- Biography, Disfigured persons --...
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by Richter, Hans Peter, 1925-
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Translation of: Damals war es Friedrich
Topics: Jews, Jews
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by Haddix, Margaret Peterson
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Originally published: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1998
Topics: Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic, Children: Grades 4-6, Juvenile Fiction, Children's 9-12 -...
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by Heller, Ruth, 1924-
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A pictorial introduction to the animals that lay eggs, including chickens as well as other birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects, and even a few mammals
Topics: Reproduction, Eggs, Reproduction, Eggs
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by Carl Hiaasen
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by Fleming, Denise, 1950-
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Rhymed text (crunch, munch, caterpillars lunch) presents a toddler's view of creatures found in the grass from lunchtime till nightfall, such as bees, ants, and moles
Topics: Animals, Stories in rhyme
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by Catherine Fisher
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Topics: Fantasy, Prisons -- Fiction, Prisoners -- Fiction, Arranged marriage -- Fiction
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by Veronica Chambers
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Topics: Cruz, Celia, Singers, Juvenile literature, Children: Grades 1-2, Juvenile Music, Music - General,...
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by Bryson, Bill
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [305]-307)
Topic: Bryson, Bill
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by Joan Bauer
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Topics: Diners (Restaurants) -- Juvenile fiction, Politics, Practical -- Juvenile fiction, Cancer --...
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by Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976
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"Originally published in England under the title Ten little Niggers": T.p. verso
Topics: Mystery fiction, Murder, Murder victims, Millionaires, Islands
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by Little, Jean, 1932-; Truesdell, Sue, ill
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"A Harper Trophy book."
Topics: Poetry, Canadian poetry, Short stories, Children's poetry, Canadian, Short stories
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Topics: Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, Bible
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by Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911; Hyman, Trina Schart
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Summary: A brave young man who has been raised by a bear with unusual powers rescues a princess from a menacing dragon and fulfills a long-ago prophecy that he would marry the king's daughter
Topics: Fairy tales, Kings, queens, rulers, etc
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by White, E. B. (Elwyn Brooks), 1899-1985; Fox, Bernice L
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"Printed in a limited edition of 100 copies by permission of E.B. White."
( 1 reviews )
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by Kesselring, Joseph, 1902-1967
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Originally published: 1941
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by Lois Ehlert
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Topics: Vegetable gardening -- Fiction, Soups -- Fiction
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by Macaulay, David
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Four brief "stories" about parents, trains, and cows, or is it really all one story? The author recommends careful inspection of words and pictures to both minimize and enhance confusion
Topics: Literary recreations, Literary recreations, Puzzles, Riddles
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by Louis Sachar
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Topics: Juvenile delinquency -- Juvenile fiction, Homeless persons -- Juvenile fiction, Friendship --...
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by Ralston, Aron
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 353)
Topics: Reading Level-Grade 11, Reading Level-Grade 12
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by Doreen Cronin
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Topics: Worms -- Fiction, Diaries -- Fiction
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by Tiffany, Grace, 1958-; Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Tempest
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Ariel is beautiful and magical, a creator of dreams and of mischief. Sprung from the mind of a dazed sailor shipwrecked in the Bermuda Triangle, she rules half of her enchanted isle, dreaming of the savior from the east who will help her conquer all. When Prospero, a lost mariner, appears on the beach, his young daughter, Miranda, in tow, Ariel entices him with her visions of conquest. Together, she promises, they will defeat the mysterious tribe whose drums beat beyond the island's rain...
Topics: Cultural Literacy and Humanities, Reading Level-Grade 4, Reading Level-Grade 5, Reading Level-Grade...
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by Stroud, Jonathan
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Bored with everyday chores and dreaming of long-ago heroes, teenaged Halli Sveinsson devotes himself to practical jokes but when a trick he plays on Ragnor of the House of Hakonsson sets off a chain of events that alter the course of his life forever, he is forced to leave home and set out on a hero's quest ill-prepared
Topics: Cultural Literacy and Humanities, Reading Level-Grade 4, Reading Level-Grade 5, Reading Level-Grade...
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by Achebe, Chinua
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233 pages ; 20 cm
Topics: Nigerian fiction (English), English fiction, Nigeria
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by Jules Feiffer
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Topics: Dogs -- Fiction, Animal sounds -- Fiction, Humorous stories
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by Isaac Asimov
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Topics: Seldon, Hari (Fictitious character) -- Fiction, Life on other planets -- Fiction, Psychohistory --...
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by Brown, Dan, 1964-
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Topics: Intelligence officers, Computer security, Cryptographers
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by Hoban, Russell; Hoban, Lillian
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"Jam on toast," sings Frances about the food she likes most--until she has it for the sixth meal in two days
Topics: Badgers, Food habits, Badgers, Food habits
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by Doreen Cronin
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Topics: Spiders -- Juvenile fiction, Insects -- Juvenile fiction, Diaries -- Juvenile fiction
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by Herbert, Frank
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Sequel: Dune messiah
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by Alvarez, Julia
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Topics: Mirabal, María Teresa, 1935-1960, Mirabal, Minerva, 1926-1960, Mirabal, Patria, 1924-1960, Women...
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Topics: Sloths -- Fiction, Jungle animals -- Fiction, Animals -- Fiction
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by Heller, Joseph, 1923-1999. aut
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by Bemelmans, Ludwig, 1898-1962
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"Caldecott honor book."
Topics: Sick, Stories in rhyme, Sick, Stories in rhyme, Sick, Stories in rhyme
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by O'Dell, Scott, 1898-1989
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Publ. originale: 1960
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Topics: Fathers and sons -- Fiction, Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Fiction,...
Source: removedNEL
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by Kevin Henkes
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Topics: Cats -- Fiction., Animals -- Infancy -- Fiction., Moon -- Fiction.
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vi, 184 p. : 20 cm
Topics: Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955 -- Juvenile literature, Physicists -- Biography -- Juvenile literature,...
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by Hesse, Karen; Muth, Jon J., ill
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A young girl eagerly awaits a coming rainstorm to bring relief from the oppressive summer heat
Topics: Rain and rainfall, Summer, Mothers and daughters, African Americans